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Jun
28
comment How transit smoothly multiple guitar recordings?
Are you recording to a metronome click-track that you listen to in your headphones while you play your guitar into the microphone? Recording each phrase to the same rigid tempo with a click track will be essential.
Jun
28
comment what is the correct musical term for arpeggios where the notes are left ringing?
What instrument do you play?
Jun
26
comment Guitar set up/maintenance
The larger problem, however, is that each of these separate set-up tasks is somewhat inter-dependent upon other settings and calibrations on the rest of the guitar. It requires a "holistic" approach.
Jun
26
comment Guitar set up/maintenance
In order to make the topic less broad and more acceptable, perhaps you could ask separate questions "How to Set Up a Tune-O-Matic Bridge on an Electric Guitar", "How to Set Up a Floating Tremolo Bridge on an Electric Guitar", "How to Set up A Nut", "How to Set Up Neck Relief with Truss Rod Adjustment", etc.
Jun
24
comment How Do Time Signatures Affect a Song?
Music is not just a sequence of notes played in the right order. Groups of notes are organized into beats. Some notes are played louder and harder than other notes, to emphasize the beats. Time signatures show you where the beats are. This is what makes rhythm.
Jun
24
comment How to determine whether a song is considered musical plagiarism?
A song is considered plagiarism only when a judge in a court of law makes a ruling that plagiarism has occurred. Up until that point it is only alleged to be plagiarizing.
Jun
24
comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
"Relatively modern invention"? No way. The current E A D G tuning, in fourths, was used by the violone almost two hundred years before the invention of the cello. What we have today with the modern double-bass is a return to the original tuning of the violone, which is older than the cello, viola and violin. See my answer.
Jun
24
comment Looking for an app that can record piano and visually represent what was played
This is why, in my answer, I introduced the questioner to the concept of MIDI piano-roll display, which works much better than standard notation for helping correct the problem he describes.
Jun
24
comment Looking for an app that can record piano and visually represent what was played
He is already practicing with a metronome, is he not? This is the assumption that I made when I wrote my answer below. Using a metronome is a low-tech solution that all beginning musical instrument students should always use.
Jun
24
comment Term for central note in melody
I'm not sure what you mean by "revolves around". What is the key signature of this melody? Perhaps you are referring to the tonic note of the key.
Jun
22
comment Guitar set up/maintenance
I hope nobody here thinks that I'm giving a "cop-out" answer. Some topics are much too deep and detailed to be explained in Stack Exchange answers, and every now and then it is unavoidably necessary to go to a library or bookstore and look for a book.
Jun
22
comment Correctly notating sharps and flats
It depends upon what key you are working in at the moment, and the key signature for that key. One cannot generalize about whether it should be Eb or D# by itself; it depends upon the context in which you are using it.
Jun
20
comment Bass clef changed to treble clef in the middle of the sheet music
The point is this: Usually, a piano grand staff has the treble clef on top and the bass clef on bottom, and the pitches are absolute. However, piano notation implies that the upper clef is the part played by the right hand, while the lower clef is the part played by the left hand. So if the range of the notes in either hand goes much higher or much lower, it can be notated with two staves with a treble clef on each, or two staves with a bass clef on each, etc.
Jun
19
comment Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?
RMC is a small company that built in small batches. They used to own the hexaphonic bridge pickup market, but when Fishman and Graph Tech got into that space they took much of RMC's business away. Since the RMC website, ancient though it is, is still up, I'm hoping they are still in business, but I don't know for sure.
Jun
19
comment Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?
The Keith McMillen system looks to be the most promising. It also came with a suite of custom software for hexaphonic signal processing on Mac OS X. But McMillen doesn't make them anymore -- they got into unusual MIDI keyboard and foot pedal and keypad controllers for keyboardists and DJs and those are selling briskly.
Jun
19
comment Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?
Many years ago I had a Brian Moore iGuitar (a cheap Korean one) with a hexaphonic piezo bridge pickup. But I used it for MIDI only, plugging it into a Roland MIDI converter and an Axon MIDI converter. However, I remembered that there were some gizmos for processing hexaphonic audio. The Gibson Robot Guitar to the Dusk Tiger were rather impractical because Gibson only put this technology on high-end, expensive guitars, and I knew it wouldn't last.
Jun
17
comment Does a good amp have to be heavy?
I second that. Look for a combo amplifier or speaker cabinet that uses speakers with the new neodymium magnet technology. These amps and cabinets have dramatically reduced weight compared to the "vintage" designs. There are models out there from many manufacturers that are light and portable while sounding great and having plenty of power.
Jun
15
comment Is there symbolism in the word 'train' that is particular to rock music culture?
This questions should be migrated to Music Fans.
Jun
14
comment Why are grand pianos usually black?
They are available in many colors and finishes, solid and translucent, and with many different kinds of wood veneer (maple, mahogany, walnut, etc.). It is merely that black is the most popular and sells the most. Black goes with everything. Solid gloss black is probably also the least expensive finish to manufacture, adding to its popularity.
Jun
9
comment Middle humbucker as Bridge humbucker
Yes, and "hotter" means that the strength of the magnetic field of the bridge pickup is greater, by design. Sets of Stratocaster pickups usually come in two magnetic strengths, the "neck and middle" version (you'd use two of them, and they are interchangeable) and the "bridge" version, which is unique.